I taught elementary school in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Brooklyn and saw every type of student imagineable and I categorically reject your blame the student/parent comments, espevially coming from a teacher.
In essence you are no different than the blame the teacher crowd.
If there is something broken on that end it is our responsibility as teachers of these children and as citizens to use whatever powers we have to try to fix it and to use the power of the key organization we belong to - the uft - to do so. That has been the basis of my activism since 1970 as a teacher in and out of the classroom from the school/community level to city and national politics. Instead of whining about the students join the struggle.
This is a serious comment. To add, put so called satisfactory teachers in these high need schools and many of them would be U-Rated, based on the politics of the school.
Many teachers are rated unsatisfactory because it is perceived that their classroom management is poor. However, the administration offers little support. Put these teachers in classrooms with students who want to learn, and they will do find.
Until we realize that there is an academic deficiency in our students' work habits and attitudes,that is supported by the lack of accountability and positive learning environments in our schools, we will be continually talking aboout school reform, without any meaningful results. The last 40 years is evidence of "spinning our wheels" with education reform that doesn't work.Being a national problem,its roots are in a culture that fosters an "entitlement mentality", rather than achievement and merit.
From: Ellen <mchgh_lln@...>
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Sent: Tue, Jul 9, 2013 10:15 pm
Subject: [nyceducationnews] Re: StudentsFirst press release
I hope to heaven this is a tongue in cheek comment because if it isn't and you are a staff member at a school I would be very concerned about your commitment to furthering my son's or daughter's education.
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> It is not the teachers that are ineffective, it is the students.Put those u-rated teachers in classrooms with motivated,focused students, and they would become satisfactory.
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> Subject: [nyceducationnews] StudentsFirst press release
> StudentsFirstNY, NYC Public School Parents Demand End to Unfair Concentration of Ineffective Teachers in NYC's Highest-Need Schools
> StudentsFirstNY // July 9, 2013
> Calling for an end to the unfair distribution of teacher quality across New York City public schools, StudentsFirstNY organizers and dozens of New York City public school parents came together today to demand action to address the disproportionate number of unsatisfactory-rated teachers in schools with the highest needs. Several parents addressed the crowd and shared their personal commitment to this effort .
> Analysis of the New York City teacher-rating data reveals that New York Cityâs most vulnerable students have a disproportionate share of the cityâs unsatisfactory-rated teachers. A study conducted by StudentsFirstNY analyzed 1,509 schools and revealed significant inequities: school populations with the highest rates of poverty, the lowest rates of student achievement and high concentrations of students of color had the most amount of teachers with unsatisfactory ratings. Conversely, wealthier, higher-achieving schools have fewer âUâ-rated teachers. The findings are consistent among students of every age group and across every borough.
> âWhy should a childâs zip code determine whether or not he or she would have access to a quality education and a highly-rated teacher?â Said A.U. Hogan, a member of StudentsFirstNYâs Queen chapter. âAs a New York City public school parent and grandparent, my childrenâs education is deeply personal. We must reform the school system and ensure all school children have the tools they need for success.
> âThis effort is vital for my grandchildren, and all school children in New York City, because students in high poverty schools are more than three times as likely to be taught by an unsatisfactory-rated teacher as students in low poverty schools,â said Bronx resident Sandra DeJesus, who was among the New York City public school parents to sign on to the complaint. âI shouldnât have to change zip codes to have access to quality teachers, and hopefully this ca ll to action will pave the way towards achieving that.â âThe concentration of ineffective teachers among certain schools is beyond outrageous and represents a clear violation of studentsâ civil rights,â said StudentFirstNY Deputy Executive Director Glen Weiner. âWe cannot allow this injustice to continue. We are hopeful that our efforts will lead to reforms ensuring all students, regardless of zip code, race or socioeconomic status, are afforded a quality education.â
> Under the old teacher evaluation system, New York City public school teachers were subjectively rated either satisfactory or unsatisfactory and almost all teachers received a satisfactory rating, with fewer than 3% rated unsatisfactory. However, starting this school year, teachers will be rated using a state mandated rigorous system that includes a fo ur-point scale based on multiple measures including student achievement, principal observations and eventually student feedback.
> Implementing this more robust evaluation system was one of several proposed solutions recommended in the StudentsFirstNY report, which also included:
> Require parental consent for a student to be taught by an ineffective teacher
> Provide significant salary increases to highly effective teachers who stay in the classrooms of high-needs schools
> Prohibit schools from assigning to the class of an ineffective teacher any student taught by an ineffective teacher in the previous year
> Make it easier for top college graduates to enter teaching, and provide financial incentives for them to do so
> Impose a cap on how many ineffective teachers may be allowed to remain at any one school year after year
> Require annual reporting by the New York City Department of Education on the distribution of teacher quality across schools and student populations
> âParents deserve the right to be notified when their child is assigned to a teacher whoâs been rated unsatisfactory two consecutive years or more,â said Ramona Wooden, a New York City school parent and member of StudentsFirstNYâs Harlem chapter. âUntil every classroom has a highly qualified, effective teacher, we must standup and protest unjust learning conditions â" exactly what we are doing here today.â
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